Imagine a road trip in Nick Drake's old car, give Ryan Adams a seat, Grant Lee Phillips is there, maybe Beck has the wheel and Joni Mitchell is giving directions. The music they'd listen to would be pretty close to the music of David Berkeley, this young, charismatic singer from Georgia. His voice is warm like a tumbler of bourbon. He believes in the lyrics he writes, and he sings them from the marrow of his bones.
British pianist/vocalist Jamie Cullum mixes jazz with melodic pop and rock into a crossover style that calls to mind such artists as Harry Connick, Jr. and Norah Jones. In that vein, Cullum will just as often cover a swinging jazz standard as a modern rock song, and his original compositions deftly move from earnest ballads to songs of sardonic wit.
Tom Chaplin (vocals), Richard Hughes (drums), and Tim Oxley-Rice (piano) are childhood friends from Battle, East Sussex, England who make up the merry pop sounds of Keane. Formed in 1997 while each were attending college, Keane initially started out as a cover band. The shtick would only last so long, for Keane got tired of playing everyone else's songs and yearned to do things on their own. They signed to Island UK in Fall 2003 and released their fourth single, "This Is The Last Time." The band's full-length debut, Hopes and Fears, appeared the following spring.
If In Parentheses served notice of Charlotte's arrival, then the stunning new full-length record On Your Shore confirms that she's here to stay. The album delivers on the promise of its predecessor with achingly beautiful meditations on faith, hope and love. On the surface, On Your Shore is catchy and compelling and swims in lush, piano-drenched balladry. But those who remember how to really listen to an album will also discover an artist determined to broaden her range by digging deeper. By taking a fearless and open-hearted approach to songwriting, Charlotte transforms the personal to the universal, making On Your Shore a shared and moving catharsis.
Ray LaMontagne is a tall, lanky, bearded guy, with a penchant for rumpled denim shirts and homemade haircuts. Which makes sense, seeing as he lives in a house he built himself on an old farm plot in Hartford. And he has no phone or electricity. Ray's voice has been compared to a dusty cabernet. He plays his guitar like it wronged him, and has more songs full of love and desperation than he knows what to do with. When he plays live, he writhes around on the stage like he had ants in his pants and sings from the depths of his soul and the soles of his shoes. He played the Tin Angel in Philadelphia in May. You can check out Ray's website for sample music cuts - "Trouble", "Shelter", and "Jolene".
Philly Local favorite. Whether it's the Soul, Funk, Jazz or Hip-Hop, there is something in Mutlu's music that will resonate in your heart, mind and soul. Mutlu is a singer, songwriter and musician of uncommon caliber and soul. He can often be seen playing solo or with a back-up band in and around the city of Philadelphia. His soulful vibe draws comparisons to such legendary performers as Stevie Wonder, Al Green and Prince.
Mutlu's new EP is available at all of his shows and at CD Baby.
When he was 16, singer/songwriter Johnathan Rice opened his mouth and let out a weathered, rustic sound that caught him by surprise. Like most teenagers obsessed with music try to do, Rice just wanted to see what his voice sounded like when imitating his heroes - Joni Mitchell, The Band, Neil Young, Bob Dylan. As consequence would have it, Rice decided to make his songwriting hobby a serious affair and returned to his native Virginia after spending most of his life growing up in Glasgow.
Irish-born Ciaran McFeely (aka Simple Kid) was about 10-years-old when he strolled home with a copy of Bon Jovi's Slippery When Wet to the great shock of his brother. McFeely's hipper, older sibling immediately took him upstairs, tossed the disc out the window and said, "Here's Led Zeppelin." So began McFeely's love affair with the classics - Zeppelin, Neil Young, Bowie. As Jon and the boys hit the pavement and Zeppelin skins' man John Bonham pumped out his monstrous low-end march, the roots of Simple Kid were planted.
Singer/songwriter Jesse Sykes and guitarist Phil Wandscher have come together to unearth their own spooky brand of American music. The couple met in the smokey, charming confines of Seattle's Hattie's Hat bar in 1998 and began a naturally evolving collaboration, initially performing as a duo. Their effective partnership soon drew the attention of violinist Anne Marie Ruljancich, upright bass player Bill Herzog, and drummer Kevin Warner. Sykes' delicately bewitching alto and Wandscher's darkly spacious guitar melded warmly with their new band mates, and the collective was christened Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter.
Pyeng Threadgill is the daughter of free jazz artist and composer Henry Threadgill and dancer & choreographer Christina Jones, who was also a founding member of the Urban Bushwomen. As an exciting and innovative new vocalist Pyeng is continuing the family's creative traditions.
Singer/songwriter Rachael Yamagata grew up listening to Carole King, Roberta Flack, James Taylor, and the like, for music was the one thing in Yamagata's life that remained consistent. By the time she reached college in the mid-'90s, Yamagata had one year of piano lessons and a spiral notebook full of songs under her belt. In September 2002, Yamagata landed a deal with Arista's Private Music and her self-titled EP was pulished in October. On sale everywhere in June, is Rachael's debut Album Happenstance.
Adrienne Young believes that, in the past, music was more of a communal activity than it is today. "Ideally, music is something you play with people, not just for them," she says. Young and her band, Little Sadie, trust that by sharing what moves them, people who attend their performances will walk away feeling that they were part of a creative exchange.